HRL305 Human Resource Management Assignment

Assignment one: Essay
50% of the mark for the module
2,000 words (+/- 10%)
Critically evaluate the view that ‘transactional’ human resource
management (HRM) activities should be devolved to line managers

Key requirements for your essay
Word file
Electronic submission – submission point on DLE
Anonymous submission – no name or student number
Based on appropriate academic and practitioner
Deadline 12 noon, Thursday 12 November
Marks and feedback on or before 10 December

Relevant classes
Lectures one, two and three
Seminar one
This seminar and the seminars (workshops) on 27
and 30 October
Relevant reading is outlined in the assignment brief and you should use the ‘Current issues in HRM’ section of the electronic reading list

Essay structure
Title: this is the question
Indicate word count after title
NO abstract / executive summary
Main body: answer the question in a clear and logical way, and use sub-headings to signpost discussion
Conclusion: summary of key points, answer the question (and don’t add new material)
Alphabetical reference list: Harvard


Give some context
What are you going to say? – state your aims and objectives,
introduce your key points
o ‘This essay will … and it will conclude that …’
Define / explain any terms (academic literature)
o Transactional HRM
o Devolution

Main body
Different ways of structuring the argument:
Benefits and disadvantages of devolution
Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of
Benefits and disadvantages of HR managers doing
transactional HRM versus benefits and disadvantages of line
managers doing these tasks
There’s no right or wrong way!

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